GO Transit is again offering seasonal GO train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto. This year, the service is available during the Victoria Day long weekend, Friday, May 15 until Victoria Day, Monday, May 18, then Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from Saturday, July 3 until Labour Day, Monday, September 7.
Trains serving the 12 Niagara Falls line operate Friday evenings and several times each Saturday, Sunday and holiday, dropping off and picking up passengers at Union Station, Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville and Burlington GO stations and St. Catharines and Niagara Falls VIA Rail stations.
GO has not yet finalized its schedule for the summer service, but it has published its schedule for the Victoria Day long weekend, here.
GO is also again operating express buses carrying passengers between St. Catharines VIA Rail Station and downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake along the 11 Niagara-on-the Lake / St. Catharines route.
The travel time between Union Station and Niagara Falls is about two hours, passing through many cities and towns and across the Welland Canal.
Although GO says it will make “every effort.. to get you there on time”, you may experience delays because GO, freight and VIA trains share a single track through this corridor. Since a lift bridge carries the tracks across the canal, ships passing through the canal may also delay the trains.
GO is equipping all trains operating along the line Saturdays, Sundays and holidays with two special bicycle coaches. (The coaches are not available Friday evenings.) The bike coaches — the sixth and seventh rail cars from the locomotive — can hold 18 bikes on the lower level. All regular coaches can also hold two bikes.
12 Niagara Falls trains
Friday, May 15, the train leaves Union Station at 6:20 p.m. and arrives in the Niagara Falls VIA Rail Station at 8:24 p.m. A return train leaves Niagara Falls at 8:40 p.m. and arrives in Union at 10:44 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, Sunday, May 17 and Victoria Day, Monday, May 18, trains leave Union Station at 9 a.m. and 4:18 and 8:10 p.m. They arrive in Niagara Falls at 11:04 a.m. and 6:22 and 10:14 p.m.
The trains leave Niagara Falls at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 7:20 and 10:30 p.m. They arrive in Union at 10:34 a.m., 1:34 and 9:24 p.m. May 16, 17 and 18 and 12:34 a.m. May 17, 18 and 19.